Anthony Dirrell wins WBC super middleweight title for second time
Anthony Dirrell (33-1-1 is now a two-time WBC super middleweight world champion as he defeated Avni Yildirim (21-2 12KOs) in the main event of FS1 telecast of Premier Boxing Champions taking place from the Minnesota Armory in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The bout was very competitive as in the build-up Yildirim was widely disrespected, but proved a game opposition as he took Dirrell to a split decision victory that many debated afterward. Dirrell outworked
The judges saw the bout two times 96-94 for DIrrell and 98-92 for Yildirim.
Welterweight contender Jamal “Shango” James (25-1, 12 KOs) scored a sixth-round TKO over Janer Gonzalez (19-2-1, 15 KOs). Gonzalez had early success, but James’ overall skill and awkward body type for the division took over late. James dropped Gonzalez in the sixth, Gonzalez didn’t answer the bell for round seven.
Middleweight Jeison Rosario (18-1-1, 13 KOs) stopped Marcos Hernandez (14-2-1, 3 KOs) at 2:45 of round nine. The bout was even, but Hernandez’s conditioning appeared to fade towards the late rounds as a solid early lead appeared to go away as he stood in front of Rosario late. Rosario dropped Hernandez in the ninth round, the ref stopped it moments later.
Welterweight Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (16-2, 13 KOs) outpointed Breidis Prescott (31-16, 22 KOs) over eight rounds.
Lightweight Austin Dulay (12-1, 10 KOs) stopped Yardley Armenta Cruz (24-13, 14 KOs) in three rounds
Super middleweight Money Powell IV (9-0, 5 KOs) stopped Javier Frazier 8-9-1, 4 KOs) in the third round.
Lightweight Justin Pauldo (12-1, 6 KOs) scored a first-round KO over Federico